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LWVS Book Discussion: Cocktails, Conversation, and Caste

caste book coverLWVS Book Discussion: Cocktails, Conversation, and Caste
Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

In this turbulent time with heightened political conflict, is there another approach to understanding racial and social division throughout history and today?

How does the notion of “caste” change how we see racial injustice?

We look forward to having a lively discussion about one of the most talked about books of the year, Caste: The Origins of our Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

In her fascinating book, Isabel Wilkerson asserts that America has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a social hierarchy which extends beyond factors such as race and class, which continues to fuel division and discord. Wilkerson explores and compares the caste systems in India, Nazi Germany, and America and identifies eight pillars common to all. She employs the stories of real people to illustrate how caste is experienced in everyday life and offers ideas that can move America forward towards a more united and common humanity.

For this book discussion, we are privileged to be joined at our book discussion by Richard Westmoreland, whose speech before the New Orleans City Council in 2015 in support of taking down Confederate Statues in New Orleans is quoted in the book. Westmoreland will share his experience of giving that speech and its frightening aftermath.

To continue our Centennial celebration, here is the recipe for Beatrice Sevcik and Tony Gibney’s League Centennial Cocktail.

We look forward to seeing you on April 15th! Please RSVP below; zoom link will be emailed to those who RSVP. Questions? Email Leah Dembitzer at


Bronx River Books in Scarsdale Village is offering a 10% discount on the purchase of the book when you mention you are participating in the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale Book Group.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mindfulness, Stress, and Social Connection with Professor John D. Dunne

JohnDunneThe Scarsdale Rotary Club cordially invites members of the community to attend a ZOOM meeting on Tuesday April 20 at noon, for a presentation on Mindfulness, Stress and Social Connection by guest speaker and scholar, Professor John D. Dunne. A brief question and answer period will follow his presentation.

John Dunne’s work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science. His publications range from technical works on Buddhist epistemology to broader works on the nature of Buddhist contemplative practices such as Mindfulness. He speaks in both academic and public contexts, and he occasionally teaches for Buddhist communities, most notably the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. In addition to serving as a faculty member for the Center for Healthy Minds, he is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, where he previously served on the Board of Directors. Dunne also serves as an academic advisor for the Ranjung Yeshe Institute.

Dunne is the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities through the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a co-appointment in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. Until January 2016, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University.

John D. Dunne is a graduate of Scarsdale High School (1979), Amherst College and received his Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University (1999).

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at noon
There is no fee for attendance. You may join the ZOOM meeting at this link:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Identifying Anxiety and Related Mental Health Red Flags in Children and Teens

The Fox Meadow Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Abilities Awareness and the Diversity and Inclusion Committees are pleased to invite the Scarsdale community to hear Dr. Rachel Busman, who will speak about 'Identifying Anxiety and Related Mental Health Red Flags in Children and Teens Especially during the Pandemic' on April 20 at 7:30pm. Dr. Busman will also present on the issue of anxiety among children with special needs.

Dr. Busman is the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute in New York city. She leads a team of clinicians providing evaluation and innovative treatment to children with selective mutism. She is the former president of the Selective Mutism Association, the nation’s largest network of professionals, families, and individuals with selective mutism.

Dr. Busman has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, teenagers and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders, school difficulties and behavioral problems. She also has specific interest and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.

She has worked with children in both inpatient and outpatient settings at a major academic medical center, where she directed a multidisciplinary team. Dr. Busman has taught and supervised psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows, and lectured extensively on a variety of topics, including the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens.

This event is open to all Scarsdale residents, teachers, students, administration, and staff. If you have any questions that you want to send ahead of time, please submit them here. Registration for this event is required; you may find the Zoom registration link here. If you have any questions about the event, you may write Rachana Singh or Mayra Kirkendall-Rodriguez.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Virtual Aging: 10 Warning Signs You Might Have Dementia


Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Scarsdale Library Book Discussion: Fake Like Me

5106841Book Discussion: Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland

What Really Happened to Carey Logan? After a fire decimates her studio, including the seven billboard-size paintings for her next show, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in three months - or ruin her fledgling career.

Homeless and desperate, she flees to an exclusive retreat in upstate New York famous for its outrageous revelries and glamorous artists. And notorious as the place where brilliant young artist Carey Logan - one of her idols - drowned in the lake.

But when she arrives, the retreat is a ghost of its former self. No one shares their work. No parties light up the deck. No one speaks of Carey, though her death haunts the cabins and the black lake, lurking beneath the surface like a shipwreck. As the young painter works obsessively in Carey's former studio, uncovers strange secrets and starts to fall--hard and fast--for Carey's mysterious boyfriend, it's as if she's taking her place.

But one thought shadows her every move: What really happened to Carey Logan?

Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 7 pm.

You will receive the Zoom link approximately one hour before the start of the discussion.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Know My Name: Book Discussion with Mimi Rocah: Hosted by the Safe Coalition

knowmynameThe Scarsdale Safe Coalition: Children, Families, Community and its partners invite you to participate in a community book read about the important, but difficult topic of sexual assault in our society. Know My Name, a memoir by Chanel Miller is an honest and eye-opening chronicle of Miller’s experience being sexually assaulted at a Stamford University fraternity party in 2015 as well as the aftermath and subsequent court case.

A virtual community program to discuss the impacts of sexual violence and resources available to victims, featuring Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah, will be held on Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom webinar please use this link

Sexual violence impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations and ages. On average, there are more than 433,000 victims of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States, and individuals between the ages of 12 and 34 account for nearly 70% of victims. While men and boys can be victims of sexual assault, women, girls, and transgender teens are disproportionately affected. While the statistics on sexual violence are staggering, a sad reality is that an unknown number of assaults and rapes go unreported. It is not uncommon for victims to experience embarrassment or shame, blame themselves, or fear the humiliation of using the legal system to obtain justice.

Sexual violence has significant short and long term effects on an individual’s physical and mental health. While treatment and care for victims has improved, communities lack effective educational and prevention measures for young people, in particular for young men. The Safe Coalition however is working to change that. Scarsdale Safe Program Coordinator Lauren Pomerantz, LCSW will be providing suggestions for community members to embrace prevention efforts such as strategies to change social norms, create protective environments and support survivors. “Know my Name and the community program we are offering is being presented to empower victims of sexual violence and to give voice to all those victims we do not know and may never know” said Pomerantz.

DA Rocah has outlined a comprehensive and ambitious vision for the DA’s office based on her 16½ -year career as a federal prosecutor, where she prioritized victim-centered, trauma-informed policies. She will educate the community on the resources available through her office and how victims can come forward.

Miller’s own words from her victim impact statement may however best describe the efforts of Scarsdale’s Safe Coalition. “To girls everywhere, I am with you…I fought every day for you. So never stop fighting. I believe you.”

Know My Name is recommended for adults and teens ages 14 and older. It can be purchased online or at Bronx River Books. For more information, please contact Safe Coalition Coordinator, Lauren Pomerantz, LCSW at or 914-721-2468.

Any updated information will be shared here:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Compost Give Back Day

Event: Compost Give Back Day
Where: Scarsdale Recycling Center, 110 Secor Road
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Time: 8am - 3pm

Brief Description: To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 24, 2021, the Village of Scarsdale is making high quality food scrap compost available to all residents for FREE on a first come, first served basis! Simply bring a pail, bucket, or other receptacle to the Scarsdale Recycling Center, 110 Secor Rd., from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday the 24th and take some compost home!

COVID-19 precautions will be taken at the event.


Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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SHS PTA Scholarship Fund Walkathon Event

SHS PTA Scholarship Fund Walkathon Event
Honor the Class of 2021!
Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 12-1pm
Please join us on the SHS Butler Field track for this community-building event. Or feel free to join us virtually by walking in your neighborhood or on a treadmill!

There are two ways to support the Walk:

Give a gift in honor of a specific SHS senior
Support the Class of 2021 and make a general donation towards the Walk in honor of the entire class.
For information to learn more and to donate, please visit the event web page.

Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund for College has been established to help SHS seniors who need financial assistance to pay for their first year of college. This spring, please consider celebrating this year’s graduating class while providing much-needed support to the SHS PTA Scholarship Fund for College.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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LWVS Candidate Forum for Scarsdale Board of Education Election

League of Women Voters of Scarsdale
Candidate Forum for Scarsdale Board of Education Election
Sunday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm via Zoom

Listen to the candidates discuss issues and answer questions!

Register to attend the webinar with this link

Submit audience questions via this link: hcom/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7Mtkqz61apDDHAK9438aCuWv2VxiwL08Y0Ice8ZbdZcFcsw/viewform?gxids=7628

Click here for voter information: Questions? Email

Sunday, May 02, 2021 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Book Discussion: Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

Hades ArgentinaBook Discussion: Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel
May 4 at 7:00 PM

In 1976, Tomás Oriilla is a medical student in Buenos Aires, where he's moved in hopes of reuniting with Isabel, a childhood crush. But the reckless passion that has always drawn him is leading Isabel ever deeper into the ranks of young insurgents fighting an increasingly oppressive regime. As its thuggish milicos begin to disappear more and more people like her, she presents Tomás with a way to prove himself. As always, he'll do anything for Isabel. But what exactly is he proving, and at what cost to them both?

It will be years before a summons back arrives for Tomás, now living as Thomas Shore in New York. But it isn't a homecoming that awaits him so much as an odyssey into the past, an encounter with the ghosts that lurk there, and a reckoning with the fatal gap between who he's become and who he once aspired to be.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Love Our Library Spring Celebration

loveourlibraryspringcelebration2021 copyhe Friends of the Scarsdale Library will hold a “Love Our Library-Spring Celebration” on May 15th (rain date May 22nd). The celebration will be held outdoors at the Scarsdale Public Library and feature several fun child-friendly activities including:

-Performances by Dave Cast of Characters featuring “The Bubble Guy”

-Family rock painting

-Motorized boat racing at Library Pond

-Bollywood dance classes by Mayura Dance Academy

-Educational presentations by the Weinberg Nature Center

-Knit Together – Tanya Singer and Sarah Divi interactive art piece that attendees can photograph and post

-Tours of the Hindsight is 2020 Art Exhibit. The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the pandemic and attendees can sign up for tours at the event.

Food will also be available for purchase from the Apiary at the Library and Manny’s Ice Cream Truck.

Admission is $35.00 per family. Attendees are encouraged to also become “Friends” of the Library with an additional contribution to the FOSL. Due to COVID-19, families are asked to sign up in advance by May 7th via the Library’s website here. Car parking passes and wristbands will then be available ahead of the event for pick-up at Scarsdale Village Hall starting May 10th. Additionally, masks and social distancing will be required at the event, and hand sanitizers will be available.

Since 1946, the Friends of the Scarsdale Library (FOSL) has supported children’s enrichment, lifelong learning, and exciting programming that impact so many in the Scarsdale community. “The Friends of the Scarsdale Library is excited to put on this event for the community to celebrate our new library and the resilience of our community.” said Dara Gruenberg, President of the FOSL. She added “It is inspiring to see the continued support for SPL from Scarsdale, and the funds raised from our annual fundraiser are essential in supporting Library programming and activities that the community continues to enjoy and demand.”

Nancy Kaplan, FOSL board member, who is coordinating the celebration said, “After living for so long under lockdown and with restrictions gradually easing, Scarsdale families are eager for events to take their children to. We are thrilled to be organizing not just one of the first major community celebrations of the library, but for the Scarsdale community as well!”

Elizabeth Bermel, Executive Director at the Scarsdale Public Library added, “We could not hold a celebration for the community after the renovations to the library were completed last year due to COVID-19. I am excited that this event will serve in part as a community celebration. We are grateful to the Friends for all their hard work that raises funds to support our mission: to encourage the joy of reading, the exploration of ideas, and the pursuit of lifelong learning for the children and adults of our community.”

To purchase admission for the event, please visit the sign up page here

Saturday, May 15, 2021
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